2 October 2014

Seminar on sustainable investments

Mistra invites visitors to a half-day conference on sustainable investments on 3 December at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) in Stockholm. We welcome people who are involved in the financial market, and also those who are generally curious about its interaction with sustainability.

The financial market is the lubricant of the economy. It can help to bring about more sustainable development, but it may also have a short-term approach. Return requirements may sometimes work against sustainability, but examples of how active, well thought-out management can promote it abound nowadays. The workings of the financial market are therefore central to the development of society as a whole and to how sustainable it can actually become.

The conference is in two parts, and will begin with an address by Åke Iverfeldt, Mistra’s Chief Executive and a member of its Asset Management Committee.

The first session will provide an overall system perspective based on global trends and the speakers’ own experience. How and why has ‘green’ asset management emerged in recent years? The speakers will be David Blood, Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management; Helene Winch, Director of Policy and Research for the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative; and Klas Eklund, Senior Economist at SEB and member of Mistra’s Asset Management Committee. The session will end with a panel debate in which, besides the speakers, representatives of the Swedish National Pension Funds (AP Funds) and other financial institutions will take part.

In the second session, we shall present practical cases from leading market institutions and end with a theoretical discussion. What can we learn from best practice? How can different financial institutions exert pressure on the market? How should we proceed? The speakers will include Fredrik Wirdenius, President of Vasakronan; Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Volvo; and Magnus Borelius, ‎Head of Group Treasury at the City of Gothenburg.

Märtha Josefsson, Chair of Mistra’s Asset Management Committee and independent investment consultant, will bring the day to a close.

Moderator: John Howchin, Secretary-General of the Ethical Council of Sweden’s AP funds and also member of Mistra’s Asset Management Committee.   

Date: Wednesday 3 December

Time: 1.00–5.00 pm, followed by an informal get-together

Venue: Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm

Language: Session 1 will be in English and Session 2 in Swedish


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